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Woohoo, Mardi Gras is here!
For many of us that means slipping into
that fabulous out t and hitting the town. If
that sounds something like your plan for this Mardi
Gras there are a few things you can do to make the
party season safer for you and your friends. So for
those of you set to party this Mardi Gras season, read
Plan ahead. Get lots of rest and eat well before hit-
ting the town. If you're attending several events, give
yourself time to recover in between.
Expect the police to be present at Mardi Gras
events. You can nd information about the police and
your rights at www.mardigras.org.au/projectblue.
If you plan to use drugs, you can reduce health and
legal risks by only carrying the amount of the drugs
that you intend to use yourself. It's also safer to stick to
one type of drug and not to overdo it.
If you're carrying drugs and see police - stay calm. If
you decide to take all your drugs at once so you don't
get busted you may overdose or become ill. It's safer to
dispose of your drugs than risk an overdose.
Look a er yourself and your mates. Let someone
know what drugs you've taken. If someone becomes
ill at a Mardi Gras event, alert an ACON Drug Rover
(you can't miss them in their bright pink vests) or
medical or venue sta immediately.
If you're at a private event and someone becomes
ill, call an ambulance on 000. Remember calling an
ambulance does not mean that the police will be in-
Stay hydrated while you're partying. Drink 500ml
per hour if you're shaking it, 250ml per hour if you're
chilling out. Remember that ca einated drinks will
dehydrate you. Water is the best choice for staying
Planning to use GHB? Be informed about what
you're putting in your body. ere are di erent types
of G, and some can take a lot longer to come on. Al-
low plenty of time before having another dose. Never
combine G with other depressant drugs such as alco-
hol or sleeping pills as this greatly increases the chance
that you'll overdose.
Althugh most of us don't want the party to end
it's important to plan a safe way to get home. If you're
leaving with someone you have just met, make sure
you let your friends know who it is and where you'll
And on that note, let's not forget that playing with
others can also be part of partying ! We've talked a
lot about sexual health in this column over the past
few months, and Mardi Gras time will be no excep-
tion. Each Mardi Gras season ACON releases a
sexual health campaign for women that have sex with
women. is year our new campaign, BeFOREplay,
is set to excite, entice, titillate and inform. Apart from
the three incredibly sexy sex positive women pictured
in the campaign, and a historical rst with a dildo
in shot, the campaign also includes some important
messages about your own sexual health and the sexual
health of your partners. Check out our posters over
the Mardi Gras Festival, have a look at the ACON
website, and have chat to our ACON safe sex sluts at
Mardi Gras parties while you grab a safe sex pack....
....Oh, and hey -- have a great time!
Tarnia Thompson is ACON's Alcohol and Other
Drugs project of cer.
By Tarnia Thompson
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